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Chewing Gum Lichen ?

Observed: 11th May 2013 By: jonmortin
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
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Description:

Growing on the top of a sandstone wall

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Chewing gum lichens?

As I said in another observation, I would only use the term "chewing gum lichen" when the lichen thallus is on pavement and looking like trodden chewing gum.

In this case it is on the top of a wall, and is a pretty typical rounded thallus as formed by numerous crustose species.

It seems to be a Lecanora or Lecania, but puzzling (to me). I would want to check microscopic characters before speculating.

Alan

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speculation

Or perhaps I will speculate after all. The best candidate seemed to be Lecanora campestris and I have just been looking at some photographs I have of a diseased colony of this species. I think there is a match to the photograph here.

Even so, I think the ID is best left as Lecanora (genus).

Alan